Bortles completed 26 of 38 pass attempts for 320 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 29-26 loss to the Colts.
Bortles enjoyed one of his most effective outings of the season as he averaged a healthy 8.4 yards per attempt while connecting with eight different receivers. He completed touchdown passes to Donte Moncrief and Lenoard Fournette, giving him his first multi-touchdown effort since Week 4. Bortles also refrained from turning the ball over and has now gone three games without an interception. He clearly seemed to benefit from Fournette's return to the lineup and will look to put on a similar performance next Sunday against the Steelers.
Bortles (shoulder) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.
The full session was expected after Bortles didn't have any limitations Monday coming out of the Jaguars' bye week. An injury to Bortles' non-throwing shoulder is far less of a concern than the possibility of a benching at some point during the second half of the season. Bortles will benefit from a favorable Week 10 matchup, heading to Indianapolis for a dome game against a team that has allowed opponents to complete 72.4 percent of passes for 7.7 yards per attempt this season. However, the Colts defense has done strong work when backed up against the goal line, ranking seventh in red-zone touchdown rate (50 percent).
Bortles (shoulder) went through every drill during the open portion of Monday's practice, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Bortles injured his non-throwing shoulder prior to a Week 9 bye, likely giving him enough time to recover for Sunday's game at Indianapolis. The bigger concern is the possibility he could lose his starting job if he doesn't improve his play during the second half of the season. Bortles did have a solid outing during a Week 8 loss to the Eagles in London, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Jaguars from dropping to 3-5 with a fourth straight loss.
Bortles suffered an injury to his left shoulder in Sunday's 24-18 loss to the Eagles in London, but the quarterback is expected to be available for the Jaguars' next game Nov. 11 against the Colts, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Fortunately for Bortles, the injury is to his non-throwing shoulder and he'll benefit from the Jaguars being on bye in Week 9. The shoulder issue didn't seem to affect him much in Week 8, as he didn't turn over the ball for just the second time in eight starts while finishing with 286 passing yards and a touchdown on 41 attempts. The Jaguars added a third quarterback to the roster Wednesday in veteran Landry Jones, but he's merely on hand to serve as an insurance option in the event Bortles' condition takes an unexpected turn for the worse coming out of the bye week.
Bortles completed 24 of 41 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown while adding 43 yards on eight carries in Sunday's 24-18 loss to the Eagles in London.
Bortles managed a turnover-free performance after getting benched last week, but his 7.0 yards per attempt were nothing to write home about and he failed to lead his team into the end zone outside of an 11-yard touchdown pass to Dede Westbrook. While 18 points is an acceptable output, that total was bolstered by a pair of Josh Lambo field goals from 50-plus yards. Bortles brings a 10:8 touchdown to interception ratio into Jacksonville's Week 9 bye.
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